A beastie start to the summer holidays for Highland Council Countryside Rangers


As the summer holiday programme starts for the Highland Council Rangers, things that creep and crawl and swim are the focus for several events taking place in and around the Inner Moray Firth area.

The first takes place on 5th July from 7-9pm at Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravan Site by Loch Ness where there will be ‘River Dipping for Beasties’.  Help the ranger find some of the weird and wonderful animals that live in and around the Foyers River and Loch Ness.  The cost for this is £5 for adults and £3 for children (or £13 for a family). Can’t make this one? The camp site will be hosting another two of these river dips on the 12th of July and the 26th of July.

Going south to near Aviemore, the next beastie exploration takes place at Loch Vaa from 2-4pm on the 6th of July. ‘Peek in the Pond’ is another chance for you and your family to find out what fabulous beasties lurk in the water. The cost is £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children (or £15 for a family). Contact Saranne for this one on 01479 873914 or email Saranne.bish@highland.gov.uk.

Another creepy crawlie day takes place in Smithton Woods on Sunday the 10th of July from 2 -3.30pm.  ‘Minibeast Magic’ is a mass search for creepy crawlies in the nooks and crannies of the woods. It costs £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children (or £15 for a family). Contact John to book on 01463 255291 or ranger.inverness@highland.gov.uk.

And if you still haven’t had enough of minibeasts or had a chance to find some with the rangers, there are still plenty more events about them over the holidays; Reelig Glen on the 14th July to learn about minibeasts and their life cycles, ‘Nairn River – Aquabeasts’ on the 15th of July, ‘Pond Dipping at Tain Wildlife Pond’ on the 19th July, and ‘Pond dipping at Lily Lochs, Muir of Ord’ on the 22nd of July.

For any information on these or any other of our many summer events, please contact us 01463 255291, rangers.inverness@highland.gov.uk or see our website, www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk.



20 Jun 2016